Jane & Jeremy

Peckham Loves Me

By Steve Ball

Taken in the 1980s and early 90s, Steve’s work captures the frayed but colourful and resilient fabric of working class life in Peckham, South London. Steve was born into a family of 15 children in the 1960s at a time when Britain’s inner cities were undergoing vast changes – as indigenous families moved to the suburbs and satellite towns of Kent, new immigrants arrived from former colonies, and the influence of American mass culture began to be felt in homes and on high streets.

The book is a personal diary of Steve’s life in Peckham, from playing in his band ‘The Psycho Daisies’, long gone nightclubs such as ‘Lost’ and ‘Smashing’ to featuring best friends, family, prisoners wives and a young Jarvis Cocker on the verge of Pulp’s breakthrough release.

Steve’s work is conceived and shot without sentimentality or voyeurism by a man who has spent most of his life in Peckham – as an aspirant teenager and lately as a husband and father. It challenges the viewer to see British working class life in the round, at a time when it’s being demonized and demolished by some, and hopelessly romanticized by others.

  • 145mm x 200mm
  • Foiled cover
  • 68 pages
  • Handmade
  • First edition of 100
  • Hand numbered
  • With signed print

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